Short Term 12
Must-See Movies Beyond the Blockbusters
"Short Term 12" is as close to a Mumblecore afterschool special as you're going to get – and, surprisingly, that's no diss. Honest and earnest, the winner of the Grand Jury Award for best narrative feature at South By Southwest has modest ambitions: what is it like in a group home for distressed teens and their caregivers? Not unexpectedly, it’s an emotional rollercoaster, an unmarked battleground of small victories and razor-etched defeats.
The movie's fulcrum is Grace (Brie Larson), the empathetic young house-mama at a foster care facility for teens in relatively short-term care, hence the title. Larson (TV’s “United States of Tara”) stares with doe eyes into the headlights of a major career, the first big chick looking to break out of Mumblecore since Greta Gerwig. Larson owns the movie without makeup, her hair limp, crawling inside the skin of this young woman trying to be fearless for others despite the weight of her own fears.Read More »from Critic’s Pick: ‘Short Term 12′